Profile: California Thrashers Diabology

Diabology

Thrash metallers Diabology are a group of teenagers that came together on the rock school circuit and have been building a following ever since playing live shows in and around their hometown. They’ve steadily been releasing singles on their Bandcamp page and will be featured in the Combat Records compilation Bullets Vol. 1 which is due out this Friday. Their sound pulls from a wide array of classic metal influences but the golden 80s era of thrash metal is most prominent. Just ahead of the Bullets compilation we had a chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 1 – 7, 2018

Lecherous Nocturne
Lecherous Nocturne

Had some much needed downtime this week and, as you might guess, it was grand. Coming home with a full weekend ahead of me just sweetens the pot. And particularly when this week’s new releases are not only exceptional but plentifully so. No more waiting, here we go — Twenty one year death metal vets Lecherous Nocturne are back with their most vicious and darkest album yet, Occultaclysmic and honestly this is the best thing they’ve done since The Age of Miracles Has Passed. Mesarthim seemingly came out of nowhere with The Density Parameter but no surprise here, their blend of cosmic black metal with a heavy dose of atmospherics is amazing. Black Salvation give a class on how to properly vibe on the 70s psych hard rock era while staying fresh and exciting on Uncertainty Is Bliss and if you thought the week couldn’t get any better, Panopticon return with The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (I and II) and it’s all I had hoped for and so much more — atmospheric black metal meets folk and americana and I’m head over heels with this thing after test driving it on a long mountain hike. Fantastic start to the week already but there’s a ton more to get into so have a seat and ENJOY. Continue reading

Profile: Heavy Metallists Owl Maker

Owl Maker

Connecticut’s Owl Maker just released their heavy metal infused debut Paths Of the Slain digitally via their Bandcamp page and will be following this edition with a physical version later in the year. This debut is six tracks of hard hitting metal that recalls memories of early wave NWOBHM but also the titans of riff driven hard rock. The band features Simon Tuozzoli (Vestal Claret) and was mixed / mastered by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Power Trip). So, that should be enough firepower to make you take a listen and once you do the hooks will be set. Just behind this release we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 4 – 10, 2018

vile creature band
Vile Creature

March. Already. Seems like yesterday we were regaling you with our favorite albums from last year. Then again, five years ago seems like yesterday to me so I’m a horrible judge of time. Be that as it may, 2018 has had a strong start musically and there’s no denying that regardless of taste and seemingly no let up in quality either. Which leads us right into this week with the absolutely riveting Cast of Static and Smoke from Vile Creature and its not only a great doom album but it’s centered around an excellent post-apocalyptic. Next up is Judas Priest with Firepower which, quite frankly, is the best thing they’ve done in a long time — you be the judge but for me, this is the heavy metal I wanted and needed to hear from the almighty Priest. Moving along, Eviternity from Kosmogyr is an unpredictable yet overwhelmingly powerful black metal debut that demands your attention but gives so much in return — not to be missed. Closing out the top slots this week is the debut, Purge, from India’s Killibrium which strikes a wicked balance between old and new school death metal with some killer grooves. As you read through and discover the rest of the list below you’ll understand how hard it was to not include at least 10 or so more up here so dive in and enjoy. Continue reading